Private Project


A washed up, former wunderkind of the snooker world has one last chance to revive his career. Battling with addiction and the ghosts of his past, is there more at stake than just the score?

A dark, psychological exploration of fame, sport and depression.

The film stars Paul Kaye and was funded by the BFI (British Film Institute).

  • Louis-Jack
    Sink or Swim, Gill & Gill
  • Kenneth Emson
    Mayday, Eastenders, The Last Hours of Laura K
  • Morgan Faverty
    Hope, Wonderkid
  • Paul Kaye
    Key Cast
    "Liam Daniels"
    Game of Thrones, It's All Gone Pete Tong, Dennis Pennis, After Life, Strutter, Zapped, Blackball
  • Clive Russell
    Key Cast
    Game of Thrones, Dracula, Ripper Street, Margaret's Museum, Sherlock Holmes
  • Leon Annor
    Key Cast
    End of the Fucking World, Britannia, Snatch
  • Project Type:
  • Genres:
    Drama, Sport, Portrait
  • Runtime:
    15 minutes 40 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 26, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    23,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital - Sony Venice
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Norwich Film Festival
    United Kingdom
    November 2, 2020
    World Wide
  • Indie Shorts Awards Seoul
    Korea, Republic of
    December 6, 2020
    South Korea
  • Manchester Film Festival
    United Kingdom
    March 14, 2021
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Louis-Jack

Louis-Jack is an award-winning artist-filmmaker based in London. He was selected as a Film London Lodestar 2019 and has won the New Faces Prize at the Japan Media Arts Festival.

He has just recently completed his first drama short, PETRICHOR (funded by the BFI & Film London). The short delves into the mind of a has-been snooker star in his final professional game. The film will be a finalist in the Best British Short category at Norwich Film Festival 2020.

His dance film SINK OR SWIM explores depression through underwater ballet. It was made with the charity Mind, Arts Council England and The Royal Opera House. It premiered on the online platform NOWNESS and has since gone on to receive national TV and radio coverage. It was screened in Trafalgar Square Big Screen and cinemas worldwide.

Louis-Jack is currently developing his first feature, supported by FLAMIN / Film London's New Approaches scheme for six video artists.

His films have been shown in exhibitions and film festivals including: London Short Film Festival at the ICA, Norwich Film Festival, The National Art Centre Tokyo, Modern Art Oxford, The Royal Opera House, the Arsenale of Venice, BP Big Screens (Trafalgar Square), Picturehouse Cinemas, Newlyn Art Gallery and UCL Art Museum.

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